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Canada may be best known for producing world-class hockey players, but its sporting heritage runs much deeper. From legends like Christine Sinclair to up-and-coming champions like Alphonso Davies, Canada has produced many exceptional soccer stars.
As the Canadian team takes a place at the 2022 World Cup later this month, there’s never been a better time to review some of the country’s best football players. Without further ado, here is our list of the top 10 Canadian soccer players of all time.
1. Christine Sinclair
It’s no surprise that Christine Sinclair takes the top spot as Canada’s greatest female player of all time. With more than 185 goals in her career so far, she is known as the international top scorer for male and female players.
Sinclair first rose to prominence at the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship, where she scored 10 goals. Some of his major highlights include winning gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and score decisive goals to his team’s bronze medals at London 2012 and Rio 2016.
This midfielder can have played for England at the World Cup, but his football career began in his hometown of Calgary. Today, he is considered one of the most famous Canadian soccer players to break into the international arena.
Hargreaves joined the England men’s national team in 2001 and was invited to play in his first World Cup the following year. After his brilliant performance at the 2006 World Cup, he became England Player of the Year.
Apart from his World Cup career, he has won the Champions League twice – once in 2001 with Bayern Munich and another in 2008 with Manchester United.
3. Craig Forest
While few goaltenders find themselves on this kind of historic list, Craig Forrest of Coquitlam, BC has made his mark on the scene. During his career, he played for clubs like Chelsea, Ipswich Town and West Ham United. In total, he did 56 international selections represent Canada – the most ever by a Canadian goaltender.
The real highlight of his career was his performance in the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Named the tournament’s most valuable player and top goalkeeper, Forrest made two superb penalty saves to lead Canada to victory.
4. Charmaine Hooper
Many football fans consider Charmaine Hooper their inspiration, and it’s not hard to see why. Before she retired in 2006she was a star on the international women’s football scene. With 71 goals and 14 assistsshe was voted Canadian Player of the Year in 1994, 1995 and 2002.
some of her best moments of the game include her famous goal in the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup and two goals in a 3-0 win over Team USA in the 2001 Algarve Cup.
Randy Samuel wasn’t known for his technical skills, but he still managed to become a highly respected player. Fear for her rugged styling and aggressive tacticsthe Trinidad-born defender represented Canada with 82 caps for the country between 1983 and 1997.
During his career, he spent time playing for clubs in the Netherlands, North America and England. His career highlights include helping his team win the North American Nations Cup in 1990 and the CONCACAF championship in 1985.
Alphonso Davies is young, but he is quickly becoming an unstoppable force on the international football scene. At only 21 years old, he has already become the face of canadian soccer.
Davies became the youngest player to play for Canada’s National Men’s Team in 2017as well as the youngest player to score in CONCACAF Gold Cup. He was later named the 2021 CONCACAF Men’s Player of the Year. Although still at the start of his career, he is already considered one of the best full-backs in the world.
7. Julien de Guzman
Julian de Guzman is considered one of Canada’s soccer legends. He has the most appearances in Canada with nearly 90 during his career.
8. Scott Arfield
Scott Arfield may have started playing for Scotland U-21 national team, but he went on to make his mark as one of Canada’s most notable players. Even though he retired from international football earlier this year, Arfield was one of the best in the country for more than two decades.
9. Karina LeBlanc
One of the best highlights of his career was making two saves as Canada finished first in the Pan American Games in 2011.
10. Junior Hoilett
As a winger, Junior Hoilett has hundreds of appearances under his belt and should soon be making his 48th for Canada. While he played mainly in the English Premier League – playing for Cardiff City, Queens Park Rangers and Blackburn Rovers – he made his debut for Canada in 2015.
With his two assists in the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Hoilett set the record for most assists in the history of Canada’s National Men’s Team.
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